News & Updates from
Swarthmore Town Center
March is Women's History Month!

Click here to read about some of the Pioneering Women in Swarthmore’s History.

Credit: Swarthmore College, March 30, 2016
In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating some of the dynamic women-owned businesses downtown.

We asked business owners what inspires them and what they love about the Swarthmore community. Read their comments below, and scroll down for select March specials!
Avancé Accessories, handcrafted jewelry
Owner: Dez Erseker
“I started Avancé with my natural curiosity for art, design and different languages and cultures. This curiosity leads me to travel and explore different countries. I create designs as a reflection and inspiration of these journeys.”

Co-Ed Hair Salon, full-service salon
Owner: Vicki Borriello
“The thing I enjoy most about having my business in town is our clients. They are wonderful people and for some I get to share their families and their friends. Swarthmore, to me, is a very safe and supportive town.”
 
Gallery on Park, fine art & handmade gifts
Owner: Martha Perkins
“I have lived in Swarthmore for over 20 years and have come to realize that there is a deep love for The Arts here. One of my goals and what I enjoy most is supporting and growing that love by giving the community a chance to appreciate the work of local artists, and in turn giving artists an opportunity to have their work appreciated and sold.”
 
High Volume Hair Studio, full-service salon
Owner: Anna Mazepink
We enjoy the support of the tightknit community of Swarthmore. We love that the businesses bring people together. The pre-COVID activities, like the Christmas parade, Halloween trick-or-treating, and the Food Truck-a-thon, have a strong sense of community. I can't wait to have those special experiences again once we are able to get back to “normal”.”
 
H.O.M (Harvey Oak Mercantile), lifestyle specialty & gift shop
Owner: Shannon Elliott
“I enjoy that my family gets to participate in many ways in my business. My kids, husband, mom and sister are my support team on busy days. It is truly a family owned and operated business. It is also a bonus that I am able to operate my business in my own neighborhood and see so many friendly faces.”
 
Kandy Kids, toys & games
Owner: Susan Deininger
“Swarthmore has been really good to me since I opened my store here 5 years ago. So many people gave us a warm welcome and I love the home town feeling. I look forward to being ready with more educational and fun toys, and having activities for the children when it is safe again.”
 
Kaycee Conallen Design, interior design & furniture
Owner: Kaycee Conallen
“The supportive vibe in the Village is awesome; I'm surrounded by friendly people...and great food! My firm has recently grown in size. We’re ready to reach more clients and provide more services than ever before.”
 
Move Well PT, physical therapy
Owner: Emma Phibbs
“Being able to practice among neighbors and friends has been incredible. There’s nothing better than seeing a previous patient playing outside with their grandchildren! [This year], we’re looking forward to adding another PT and hopefully implementing Women’s Health and postpartum therapy in the near future.”
 
Of Aspen, artfully curated gifts
Owner: Caroline Stockman
“I love seeing friends and family stop by the shop, and I've met so many new people! It's definitely cool having people visit from the tri-state area that I wouldn't have been able to meet without having a physical location!”
 
The Pilates Connexion, private & group fitness classes
Owner: Jeanna Vanni
“Swarthmore is such a unique little town full of history and I feel each client brings in a new piece of the history. I enjoy listening to people's stories. I'm definitely looking forward to getting the studio back to 100% capacity. I miss the hustle bustle in town and I miss the clients I haven't seen in about a year.”
 
Swarthmore Ballet Theatre, dance classes & performances
Owner: Lori Ardis
“I have been teaching ballet since 1952. The people of Swarthmore are very diverse and I enjoy teaching the variety of students ages 3 to age 87 (so far) of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It enriches my life and the life of the dancers.”
 
Village Vine, wine bar & bistro
Owners: Jill Bennett Gaieski & Lori Knauer
Lori: “[We look forward to] being able to serve people again, outside and inside, and finally being the community gathering place that's central to our business plan: wine and food classes, programs on other cultures, and community get-togethers.”
Jill: “I dream of crowds of people, elbow to elbow in our cozy space, toasting with a fabulous glass of wine and enjoying a delicious meal! 
Swarthmore Town Center
Welcomes New Coordinator

Sarah Matthews has been selected to serve as Town Coordinator, as of February 1, 2021. Sarah and her family, husband Mike and daughter Morgan (5th grade), relocated to Swarthmore in June 2020 from Newark, DE.
A Pennsylvania native, she was born in State College and raised in Hummelstown, PA. Sarah earned a BA in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Delaware. In their free time, her family enjoys travel, hiking, swimming, tennis, and musical theater. Sarah also volunteers on the Board of the Friends of Little Crum Creek Park nonprofit.

In her previous role with the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center, Sarah served as Program Coordinator, providing professional development workshops and mentorships for under-represented PhD students seeking degrees in disaster science fields. Prior to joining UD, Sarah spent twelve years as the Vice President of Advances in Management, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, project management, and event planning. She managed contracts with public and nonprofit clients nationwide to oversee program implementation, grant writing, policy development, and constituent relations. 
Kandy Kids is celebrating its 5th Anniversary in Swarthmore with a sale of 25% off one regular price item (excluding Legos) March 1 - March 6

Also, through the whole month of March, Kandy Kids will be having a Spring Clean-out sale. Great items from Brio, Melissa & Doug, Manhattan Toys and more will be marked down.
In March, The Pilates Connexion will celebrate our Annual March "MATness" Celebration. March MATness is a global movement connecting Pilates lovers around the world for a month-long celebration of the original work of Joseph H. Pilates. We will showcase a different Pilates exercise every day in March with some tips and benefits to each exercise. Check out our social media sites FB or IG to view or join along! Sign up for a Pilates Mat Package in March and enjoy 10% off Promo code MARCHMAT21. Package will include VIRTUAL classes: Magic Circle Mat, Power Hour Mat, Total Body HIIT & Cardio Sculpt. @pilatescnx
Buy any Blue Q item, get 50% off any Blue Q item of equal or lesser value! Blue Q = FUN socks, bags, aprons, dishtowels, pot holders, toothbrushes. March 1 through 31.
Our shop owners are committed to providing customers with a variety of options so you feel comfortable supporting the businesses you love. Give them a call to discuss online shopping, curbside or in store pick-up, shipping, local delivery, phone orders, private shopping appointments, shopping via FaceTime, and more!

Reach out to your favorite businesses for information on how to arrange these services. Visit our website for a Business Directory.
Swarthmore Town Center is a non-profit organization committed to strengthening our community and promoting the downtown as an exciting place to live, shop, and invest. Thank you for continuing to support all of the small businesses that are the heart of this great community!
Visit our website for a store directory and follow us on social media for additional information on ways #showlove and #shopswarthmore.